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Sun sizzles in high-energy X-rays

For the first time, a mission designed to set its eyes on black holes and other objects far from our solar system has turned its gaze back closer to home, capturing images of our sun. NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic ...

Dec 23, 2014
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The worst trip around the world

As you celebrate the end of the year in the warmth of your home, spare a thought for the organisms riding with a third-class ticket on the International Space Station – bolted to the outside with no protection ...

Dec 22, 2014
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Water fleas prepared for trip to space

Local 'Daphnia' waterfleas are currently being prepared by scientists at the University of Birmingham for their trip to the International Space Station (ISS), where they will be observed by astronauts.

Dec 22, 2014
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Four Galileo satellites at ESA test centre

ESA engineers unwrapped a welcome Christmas present: the latest Galileo satellite. The navigation satellite will undergo a full checkout in Europe's largest satellite test facility to prove its readiness ...

Dec 22, 2014
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Funding challenges for Orion and SLS

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is the audit, evaluation, and investigative arm of Congress, which exists to support Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to help improve ...

Dec 22, 2014
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Why is Venus so horrible?

Venus sucks. Seriously, it's the worst. The global temperature is as hot as an oven, the atmospheric pressure is 90 times Earth, and it rains sulfuric acid. Every part of the surface of Venus would kill you ...

Dec 19, 2014
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Spinning up a dust devil on Mars

Spinning up a dust devil in the thin air of Mars requires a stronger updraft than is needed to create a similar vortex on Earth, according to research at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).

Dec 19, 2014
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Video: Flying over Becquerel

This latest release from the camera on ESA's Mars Express is a simulated flight over the Becquerel crater, showing large-scale deposits of sedimentary material.

Image: Christmas wrapping the Sentinel-3A antenna

The moment a team of technicians, gowned like hospital surgeons, wraps the Sentinel-3A radar altimeter in multilayer insulation to protect it from the temperature extremes found in Earth orbit.

World's most complex crystal simulated

America's place in the sun: Energy report sets goal

Can astronomy explain the biblical Star of Bethlehem?

India launches biggest ever rocket into space

India successfully launched its biggest ever rocket on Thursday carrying an unmanned capsule which could one day send astronauts into space, as the country ramps up its ambitious space programme.

Locking mechanism found for 'scissors' that cut DNA

Madison, Wis., becoming a force in video game industry

Research sheds light on what causes cells to divide

Scientists zero in on how lung cancer spreads

Hubbles spies the beautiful galaxy IC 335

Atoms queue up for quantum computer networks

E Ink isn't just for e-readers any more

Renewable energy companies use new clout in statehouses

Scientists identify rare cancer's genetic pathways

Preparing for an asteroid strike

ESA and national disaster response offices recently rehearsed how to react if a threatening space rock is ever discovered to be on a collision course with Earth.

Politics no problem, say US and Russian spacefarers

US-Russian ties may have returned to Cold War levels, but an astronaut and a cosmonaut gearing up for the longest flight on the International Space Station said Thursday politics would not disrupt their work ...

German named next head of European Space Agency

Johann-Dietrich Woerner, head of German aerospace giant DLR, is to succeed Frenchman Jean-Jacques Dordain as next director-general of the European Space Agency, ESA announced on Thursday.

Space plants on way back to earth

Farming in deep space is explored in the recent movie "Interstellar," but a University of Mississippi biologist's research program appears to be bringing the sci-fi scenario closer to reality.

'Mind the gap' between atomically thin materials

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